BlueHost Review: Another Web Host Which we prefer in 2017
BlueHost Review: Another Web Host Which we prefer in 2017
Contents Of This Review
BlueHost is a familiar name in web hosting Industry. That’s not the only reason for writing the Bluehost review for the second time. Actually, this time we have a lot to tell about their each and every package, pros, and cons. We already wrote a Bluehost review in our blog a few months back, but after getting so many questions from our reader’s side, we decided to give them a whole bunch of data. But don’t worry; we have done as much as we can to take you to the climax without boring you.
Why we wrote this Updated Bluehost Review ?
During our first Bluehost review, we have discussed their Shared Hosting packages. During that time we have hosted only one of our test website by adding it to their Shared hosting plan. But we understood our readers are not just shared hosting users but they need to know about each and every Bluehost plans and they are very much interested to hear about it from us. So we Hosted our four More test websites to test Bluehost completely.
Feeling bored in the starting itself? Don’t worry, we have added many images throughout this Bluehost review, that will give you a clear and quick knowledge about the whole Bluehost review. If you wish to read every point to grab every detail about Bluehost, you can grab a cup of coffee and continue to read below.
A Quick Introduction
BlueHost Web Hosting Company is privately owned previously and now it is owned by Endurance International group. BlueHost started in 1996 by offering Shared Hosting plans to peoples. The company was founded by Matt Heaton and he was the CEO of the company till 2011. In 2011, EIG group acquired Bluehost and Dan Handy become the CEO of Bluehost.
Bluehost first started by providing shared Hosting plans and once they become strong in the web hosting industry, they started to provide other types of web hosting too. Bluehost become so successful in this Industry mainly because of their value for money hosting plans and by developing their own servers and software to deliver the best performance to their customer.
According to the report from Bluehost, they have hosted more than 2 Million websites and more than one million domain names are registered through Bluehost till date Making them one of the top web hosting companies in the world.
10 Advantages of BlueHost
Bluehost become a trustable name in web hosting Industry since 2005. Till now they are satisfying their customers by providing an unmatchable performance and value for money support. They are providing budget-friendly plans by staying in the premium category. More than that, Bluehost is one of the three web hosting companies that
These advantages are enough for common website owners. But we love to share everything we know about Bluehost. In fact, most of these pieces of information are gained from the long run with Bluehost. Here are the 10 advantages of Bluehost web hosting.
Advantages of BlueHost
- Affordable Price:
- BlueHost Offers its lowest plan for just $3.95 per month, Which is affordable for small business website owners and newbie bloggers.
- Free Domain:
- BlueHost offers a free domain with a shared hosting plan, while you are paying for one year in advance
- Custom User Interface:
- While every hosting providers are sticking with a usual C-Panel, Bluehost offers a CloudFlare integrated C-Panel which includes google apps for making a hustle free usage.
- 24x7 Live Chat & Phone Support:
- Friendly customer support with 24x7 online chat support and phone call support.
- Plan Customization Option:
- Add extra benefits to your plan by purchasing extra benefits
- Scalability Option:
- Bluehost allows you to upgrade your plan according to your need. You can change to higher plans and even jump to VPS or Dedicated Server plan from a Shared Hosting plan.
- Bonus Credits:
- Bluehost offers advertisement credits for various ad platforms. You will get up to $200 advertisement credits. A huge benefit for new websites.
- Money Back Guarantee:
- You will have the freedom to move on with your money to another best hosting provider. Bluehost offers 30 days money back guarantee.
- Free Addon Benefits:
- Bluehost customers will get an extra benefit of the Free domain, Free website builder, and Setup help.
- In Built CDN (Content Delivery Network):
- CDN helps to load heavy pages quickly and helps to attract visitors by boosting page speed.
We have mentioned only 10 Advantages of Bluehost web hosting, But there are a lot more. We will discuss it below.
As I told you earlier, we have described everything about the Shared hosting plan of Bluehost. But even if Bluehost first started with their shared hosting plans, they have four different types of hosting plans to deal with every type of customer needs.
Bluehost has three different shared hosting plans and they are named as Basic, Plus and Pro. These plans are well packed with needed benefits and they avoided unwanted up-selling factors that other hosting companies are regularly using. The plan details are as follows:
Bluehost Basic Plan comes for an affordable price of $3.49 per month. This plan is mostly preferred for newcomers, since buying a bigger plan will not be budget friendly at the start of blogging life. You will get permission to host only one domain. It is purely for single website owners. If you willing to add another website in future, you will have the freedom to move towards the next plan.
Bluehost has a medium range shared hosting plan named "Plus" which costing $5.95 per month. We are currently using this plan for websites other than our test websites. This is a good option for blogs having a traffic below 5K visitors per day. You will get benefits of unlimited storage and bandwidth if you purchased this package.
50GB of Storage
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- 100 MB E-Mail Storage
$ 3.5/ month
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- Unlimited E-Mails
$5.95 / month
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- Unlimited E-Mails
$5.95 / month
The rich kids' option in the Shared hosting category is named as " Pro". Pro plan will cost $13.95 per month.This plan is not just a shared hosting plan if we look deeply into its features and benefits. It is a "More than enough" shared hosting plan which standing in between shared hosting and VPS plan. Pro plan comes with many perks like Dedicated IP address, SSL Certificate, Pro-Site Backup, and few other premium benefits.
We will recommend Plus plan for Bloggers and other small website owners. Which is cost effective and providing more than required benefits.
#2 BlueHost VPS Hosting Plans:
It is not always possible to share a space with someone. Sometimes your website might need a private server to host on. Virtual private server hosting is different from shared hosting in many ways. If you are using a shared hosting plan, you are sharing a server with many other peoples and that will increase the possibilities of threat. In VPS hosting, you will get a separate space that will improve speed and performance of websites containing a vast amount of data.
BlueHost has four different VPS Hosting plans and each plan has benefits of enhanced c panel, instant provisioning, and guaranteed resources. Bluehost has named their VPS plans as Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate. The details about plans are as follows;
VPS HOSTING PLANS
You can get their Standard Plan at $19.99$/month, which is dual core powered with 30 GB SSD storage and 2 GB RAM. You can enjoy the freedom of unlimited bandwidth too. The only disadvantage of this starting VPS plan is, you can only get 1 IP address. The usual 30 days money back guarantee is applicable to this plan also.
Enhanced Plan is one of the most sold Bluehost VPS plans. This plan costs $29.99 per month which also has a dual-core power with 60 GB SSD storage capacity. This helps to handle a huge amount of data without any hustle.
Premium Plan is purely for big data using websites and it costs $44.99 per month. With advanced 3 core system including the 90 GB SSD storage and 6 GB RAM, Premium plan is really a premium one in VPS Category.
The Ultimate plan comes with mind blowing features that staying very near to the features of a dedicated server hosting plan. 4 Core powered engine with 120 GB SSD disk and 8 GB RAM is capable of running very heavy websites. Ultimate plan costs only $ 59.99 per month.
All VPS plans are giving a value for money features and the 24 x 7 customer support is making it stress-free.
#3 BlueHost Dedicated Server Plans:
When you want to be ultimate in the web world, by making your website run like Usain bolt, you might need a dedicated server. Bluehost offers their dedicated server plans to their customer at comparatively lesser price than its competitors.
We are not well satisfied with Bluehost dedicated server plans and their features. Even while you are spending almost $100/ month, they are not providing an SSL certificate, Scalability, and Domain privacy.
Bluehost have three different priced plans and they are named same as their VPS plans. The three plans are Standard, Enhanced, and Premium. Details are given in the image below.
Bluehost Dedicated Server Plans
Bluehost has newly introduced an option to add extra benefits by upgrading their standard plan for free. By upgrading, you will get 4x2.5 GHz CPU and 1 TB storage without paying any additional cost.
This website is hosted with Bluehost shared hosting plus plan and our website got 99.98% uptime till now. We have hosted our three test websites with other Bluehost plans and the overall up-time average is 99.97% until April 2017. Previously, while writing the first Bluehost review, we got only 99.93% up-time and we have complained about the issue by contacting their customer support. After that, we have felt two down time and that is less than 3 minutes each time.
Bluehost recently improved their hardware and now they are providing a decent uptime for their customer. They promised to give 99.99% uptime and they are very close to the promised uptime value.
BlueHost Load Speed
For getting the average load speed, we have tested Bluehost server speed by testing it from different server locations and testing at different time. We have also tested for low data website and high data containing website for knowing the real speed of Bluehost web hosting.
We were very much impressed by the speed that provided by Bluehost to our website. You can see a screenshot of our website speed test result below.
Getting a speed below 3 seconds, that too for a website having page size more than 1 MB is something appreciable.
Bluehost Customer Support
There is no doubt, Bluehost is one of the top notch hosting provider. But when it comes to their customer support, they behave like an average web hosting company. We have been checking them for past six months and their support delay seems to be unchanged.
Recently, previous month, websites hosted with Bluehost cloud hosting platform encountered a massive downtime and Bluehost experienced enormous support requests at a time. Even though they cleared that issue within 3-4 hours, Bluehost is still having a support delay average of 21 Minutes, according to our tests.
Note: Support delay average may change day by day. We calculate support delay by checking it by making calls and chats with their customer support center.
Bluehost Money-back Policy
Bluehost offers a 30 days money back guarantee to all their plans. You can cancel their plans and get a refund within 30 days after purchase. But be smart enough to read their cashback policy before purchase, if you don't want to lose your money. You will not be eligible for a cashback in the below scenarios;
- If You canceled your plan after 30 Days of purchase.
- Your domain registration cost is nonrefundable.
- If you have purchased any add-on products, You will not get a refund for that.
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Note: If you canceled your Bluehost account and you still have a domain with them, you can not transfer it to any other registrar during the first 60 days of purchase. We prefer you to choose a domain always from a registrar other than your hosting provider. This will ensure your freedom to change your web hosting provider much easily. You can read our common web hosting mistakes guide to stay away from this kind of problems.
- Want to Know How to Escape from High Web Hosting Renewal Cost? Read Our Complete Web hosting renewal Guide.
BlueHost Review: Conclusion
Feeling tired after reading this huge Bluehost review? But we hope you got all the information you needed. Now it's time to conclude this Bluehost review.
Bluehost is a decent option for small website owners. We will not prefer their VPS and dedicated hosting plans since they are not completely satisfying most of the customers we knew. But you can confidently go for their shared hosting plans. They are really a value for money packages. We are using plus plan from the shared hosting category to run this website. As you can see, our website load faster from all locations without using any speed boosting solutions.
If you are willing to test the performances of Bluehost, don't hesitate, give it a try. If you are not satisfied, you can cancel their service within 30 Days to get a full refund.
Hope You liked Our Bluehost review. We are looking forward to your comments and emails to make this review much better.
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